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Ways to Improve Office Safety

Although office and administrative work is largely considered low-risk, that shouldn’t make office safety any less of a priority. Office workers can still be exposed to preventable hazards that could cause an injury or illness. Workplace injuries and illnesses can have many negative repercussions, including disrupting daily operations, reducing employee morale and increasing costs associated with workers’ compensation claims.

Here are four of the most common types of office worker injuries and ways to reduce their occurrence.

1. Slips, Trips and Falls

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, more than 20,000 office and support workers sustain injuries from slips, trips or falls.[1] In many cases, these types of injuries can be prevented by taking the following simple actions:

2. Struck by Objects

3. Ergonomic Injuries

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and back, neck and shoulder strain are a common and costly cause of office worker injuries.[4] However, these injuries can be significantly reduced and even prevented by ergonomic workstations, which can be set up inexpensively.

4. Eye Strain

By taking proactive steps to prevent workplace hazards, employers can help reduce worker injuries and improve office safety. For more information, contact EMPLOYERS.[10]

[1] Bureau of Labor Statistics, Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work1 by occupation and selected events or exposures leading to injury or illness, private industry, 2015, https://stats.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/osh/case/ostb4764.pdf.
[2] Safety and Health Magazine, http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/14029-preventing-slips-trips-and-falls.
[3] Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Portable Ladder Safety, https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/OSHA3625_0.pdf.
[4] Ergonomics Plus, The Definition and Causes of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), http://ergo-plus.com/musculoskeletal-disorders-msd/.
[5] Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ergonomics, https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ergonomics/.
[6] Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Workstation Components, Document Holders, https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/components_doc_holders.html.
[7] American Optometric Association, Computer Vision Syndrome, https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/protecting-your-vision/computer-vision-syndrome?sso=y.
[8] On Microsoft, US Workers spend 7 hours on the computer a day on average, https://www.onmsft.com/news/microsoft-us-workers-spend-7-hours-computer-day-average.
[9] American Optometric Association, 20/20/20, https://www.aoa.org/documents/infographics/SaveYourVisionMonth2016-1.pdf.
[10] Employers’ Insurance, https://www.employers.com/about_us/contact_us.aspx.